December 24, 2016

Cookin' Librarian/Day Drinking | Holiday Treats...

For those of you that might need last minute holiday treats that are pretty easy, here are a few that  Day and I made her coworkers as gifts...

Manhattan Cocktail Truffles
Ingredients
  • 8 Ounces Bittersweet Chocolate -- Chopped 
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream 
  • 3 Tablespoons Rye Whiskey Day and I added more
  • 1 Tablespoon, Plus 2 Teaspoons Sweet Vermouth We forgot to buy vermouth
  • 18 to 20 Maraschino Cherries -- Stems Removed
Optional Additions
  • 6 Dashes Angostura Bitters 
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Colored Sugar
  • Sprinkles
Directions
  1. Put the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the heavy cream to another microwave-safe bowl and microwave on High until boiling, about 2 minutes. Pour over the chocolate; let side 5 minutes, then stir until melted. Stir in 1 tablespoon rye, 2 teaspoons sweet vermouth and 3 dashes angostura bitters, if using. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour. 
  2. Meanwhile, put the remaining 2 tablespoons rye, 1 tablespoon sweet vermouth, 3 dashes angostura bitters, if using, and maraschino cherries in a small bowl. Let soak 1 hour; drain and pat dry. 
  3. For each truffle, mold a small spoonful of chocolate mixture around 1 cherry, smoothing to cover completely; roll between your hands to form a ball. Roll in cocoa powder/colored sugar/sprinkles, if using. Refrigerate 1 hour or until ready to package and serve.

No-Bake Baileys Bonbons
Ingredients
  • 3 Tablespoons Baileys Day and I added more
  • 10 Ounces Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips  
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter  
  • 0.5 Cup, Plus 1 Tablespoon Heavy Cream
Optional Additions
  • Sprinkles
  • Cocoa Powder
Directions
  1. Put the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the heavy cream and butter to another microwave-safe bowl and microwave on High until boiling, about 2 minutes. Pour over the chocolate; let side 5 minutes, then stir until melted. Stir in 3 tablespoons of Baileys. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour. 
  2. For each bonbon,roll between your hands to form a ball. Roll in cocoa powder/sprinkles, if using. Refrigerate 1 hour or until ready to package and serve.

If you try the recipes lemme know how they turned out!! Happy holidays!!!

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